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The privileged planet : how our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez; Jay Wesley Richards
Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : National Book Network [distributor], ©2004.
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Arguing that life may be rarer than some astronomers and philosophers have said, the author details the delicate balance of factors that make life possible on this planet and reveals the rarity of these conditions in the universe.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Guillermo Gonzalez; Jay Wesley Richards
ISBN: 0895260654 9780895260659
OCLC Number: 54046478
Description: xv, 444 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Section 1: Our local environment --
Wonderful eclipses --
At home on a data recorder --
Peering down --
Peering up --
The pale blue dot in relief --
Our helpful neighbors --
Section 2: The broader universe --
Star probes --
Our galactic habitat --
Our place in cosmic time --
A universe fine-tuned for life and discovery --
Section 3: Implications --
The revisionist history of the Copernican revolution --
The Copernican principle --
The anthropic disclaimer --
SETI and the unraveling of the Copernican principle --
A universe designed for discovery --
The skeptical rejoinder.
Responsibility: Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards.
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Arguing that life may be rarer than some astronomers and philosophers have said, the author details the delicate balance of factors that make life possible on this planet and reveals the rarity of these conditions in the universe.

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